© 2004

Yugoslavia: A Concise History

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Leslie Benson
    Pages 1-20
  3. Leslie Benson
    Pages 21-37
  4. Leslie Benson
    Pages 73-93
  5. Leslie Benson
    Pages 94-110
  6. Leslie Benson
    Pages 111-131
  7. Leslie Benson
    Pages 132-154
  8. Leslie Benson
    Pages 155-178
  9. Leslie Benson
    Pages 179-200
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 201-221

About this book


Yugoslavia: A Concise History surveys the whole turbulent course of the country's history, in the context of the struggles between great powers for control of the Balkans. Torn apart by nationalist rivalries, the first Yugoslavia lapsed into paralysis and dictatorship. Axis occupation in 1941 unleashed a murderous civil war, in which the Communist Party emerged victorious. Tito's Yugoslavia appeared to the world as a peaceful, multi-national federation, but in the end disintegrated amid barbarism unknown in Europe for half a century. This revised and fully updated edition explains why, and takes the events up to the arrest of Milosevic in 2001and beyond.


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About the authors

LESLIE BENSON is Senior Lecturer in Politics and Sociology at University College Northampton.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Yugoslavia: A Concise History
  • Authors L. Benson
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2004
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4039-1566-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4039-9720-3
  • Edition Number 2
  • Number of Pages XXIX, 201
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics European History
    Modern History
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'Energetically written and thoroughly researched, his book provides an excellent overview of the history of this ill-fated country for the general reader. His challenges to historiographical common wisdom will also make scholars sit up and take notice'. - John Allcock, Bradford University

'[This] easily digestible and highly informative survey traces Yugoslav history from the birth of the nation after World War I to its ongoing dissolution over the past two decades...Benson shows great insight in illustrating the historical and cultural factors that prevented true national unity from taking hold of this tortured land.' - Jay Freeman, BOOKLIST